Saturday, 30 December 2017

Surnames A-Z: C

A Facebook meme in 2017 had people listing their their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames, and sometimes even a few more generations back.

It's a nice idea, but in today's 21st century age of cyber-security and privacy considerations, too much information is a bad thing. Just think how many security questions ask for your mother's maiden name. And let's not even get into having that information on your Facebook wall, especially if you have your settings set to public (instead of friends only). You don't do that, do you? 


Over the coming posts, I'll list my direct ancestors' surnames, starting with "A" and going through to "Y" -- I have no direct or indirect "Z" ancestors. So far. 


A tip of the hat to Lorine McGinnis Schulze who started this meme alternative with her own series over at her excellent genealogy blog. As Lorine points out, most surnames are more common than you think. We may share a surname, but doesn't mean we're related, but if you think we are, please contact me using the email link on the right side of this blog.


My "C" surnames:

  • Calkin
  • Caroline
  • Cathcart
  • (de) Chatellerault
  • (de) Chaworth
  • (de) Clare
  • Clarell
  • Clark
  • (de) Clavering
  • (de) Clifford
  • Codman
  • Coleman
  • Connor
  • (de) Courtenay
  • Cowe
  • Cowles
  • Craddock
  • Crosby
The never ending story continues....



© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Friday, 29 December 2017

And my all time top five posts are ....

I started this blog about 18 months ago, and while I haven't blogged as often as I want, I think I've blogged enough since then to take a stroll down memory lane. And so I give you my all time top five blog posts...so far....

And in the number one position, Solving origin mysteries: Robert James Cherry on 7 Dec 2017 with 256 page views. 


Credit where credit is due: the genealogy blogging community is relatively small, and my relatively new blog attracts only a small audience, compared to other more active and more well-known genealogy blogs. The hits on my top blog post are thanks to a social media link to it posted by a genealogy friend, who knows who she is (thanks again!).

I know there are more stories to tell in 2018.  As another blogger wrote recently, I freely admit to my posts being cousin bait. What's cousin bait, you ask? For the uninitiated, read all about it here. If you're a cousin of mine, I hope you enjoy these stories. Say hello, as others have done, and my warm thanks to those who've contacted me.

The never ending story continues.....



© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Surnames A-Z: B


A relatively recent Facebook meme has people listing their their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames, and sometimes even a few more generations back.

It's a nice idea, but in today's 21st century age of cyber-security and privacy considerations, too much information is a bad thing. Just think how many security questions ask for your mother's maiden name. And let's not even get into having that information on your Facebook wall, especially if you have your settings set to public (instead of friends only). You don't do that, do you? 

Over the coming posts, I'll list my direct ancestors' surnames, starting with "A" and going through to "Y" -- I have no direct or indirect "Z" ancestors. So far. 

A tip of the hat to Lorine McGinnis Schulze who started this meme alternative with her own series over at her excellent genealogy blog. As Lorine points out, most surnames are more common than you think. We may share a surname, but doesn't mean we're related, but if you think we are, please contact me using the email link on the right side of this blog.

As I went to add my "B" names, I realized that many of my ancient Anglo-Normans first used the French "de" (or of) in front of what became their surnames. I've made an executive decision to include those surnames throughout the alphabet, and not all in "D".

My "B" surnames:
  • Baker
  • (de) Badlesmere
  • (de) Balliol
  • Bangs
  • Barber
  • Barter
  • Bassett
  • Bean
  • (de) Beauchamp
  • Beaufort
  • (de) Beaumont
  • Benjamin
  • Berenguer
  • (de) Berkeley
  • Birchard
  • Blackater
  • Bliss
  • Bower
  • Brabant
  • (de) Braose
  • Bridmore
  • (de) Brienne
  • (de) Brewire
  • Brotherton
  • Bruce
  • (de) Brus
  • Buell
  • (de) Burgh
  • Burr
  • Butler
The never ending story continues....


© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Sunday, 17 December 2017

From Dungiven to Vermont, Quebec, Ontario, New York, and beyond

Earlier this year, I was asked by the publishers of The Winding Roe, a community, cultural and historical magazine distributed annually in December in Dungiven and the surrounding area, if I could submit an article about my Dougherty family history search. The magazine takes its name from the River Roe. Dungiven lies in the Roe Valley, where the rivers Roe, Owenbeg and Owenreagh meet. My copy of the magazine is being mailed to me -- I haven't received it yet (it's not web-posted), but I wanted to share here what I submitted. Here it is:


I am a descendent of Dungiven.  

My third great grandparents were James Dougherty, who died before 1830, and Isabella McLaughlin, who died at Camnish in 1830. They had at least four sons (Thomas, Marcus, James and Joshua), likely more, and daughters too, I imagine.  
Oral histories passed down from one generation to the next sometimes lose facts. I grew up hearing my father’s stories of how we were from Donegal, that my great grandfather was an only child, and that if your name was spelled Dougherty, you were Catholic, but if it was Doherty, you were a Protestant. I knew my grandfather’s name, and that his father and grandfather had lived in Granby and Sherbrooke, both in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. I knew that we had a distant cousin who had become a judge in Quebec in the 1800s. But beyond that, I knew very little. 

In the 1990s, when I discovered how much genealogy research you could do on the internet, I began a voyage of discovery that continues to this day. In those days, I could hardly call myself a genealogist. I was just starting out. But I quickly experienced the kindness often extended by more seasoned genealogists to people like me, and I was off. The details my father passed down have been corrected by my own research. 

I won’t recount all my many “ah hah!” discoveries here but in summary (and this has taken years of research): while my direct ancestors originated in Inishowen, by the early 1800s if not before, they were in and around the Dungiven area, rather than an only child, my great grandfather was one of seven children, there were both nuns and priests among my Catholic Doherty and Dougherty cousins, there are many reasons for the various spellings of Dougherty within my own family, and so many other details. Many times, this information would be staring me right in the face, as it were, before I realized that it was valid and applicable. 

My second great-grandparents, Marcus Dougherty (1794-1864) and Mary Ann Diamond (1802-1842), left Dungiven probably between 1827 and 1829. I know this because their third child, James, was baptized at St Patrick’s in Dungiven on 12 November 1826. I can’t imagine anyone embarking on that kind of a transatlantic crossing in the winter in the early 19th century. I haven’t found ship manifests with their names, but by 1830 Marcus, Mary Ann and their young brood were in Vermont, for Marcus appears in that year’s census as the head of a farming household consisting of five people. You would think the number five would have given me pause, but it took over 15 years for me to connect the dots and discover my great grandfather’s siblings.  

Marcus’ brother, James (1796-1878), also migrated to Vermont, but it’s unclear when he reached Vermont: before, with, or after Marcus and Mary Ann arrived. James soon began theological studies at the University of Vermont and became a Congregationalist minister. One of the eulogies given at his well-reported on funeral described how James had already been uncomfortable with the devout Catholic faith of his parents before leaving Ireland, and it was soon after arriving in Vermont that he abandoned Catholicism. James’ obituaries report that he was born in Park, Banagher, which I see from maps isn’t far from Dungiven.

I have absolutely no information at all about Mary Ann Diamond’s family. I didn’t even know her name until I discovered a record of her 1842 burial several years ago. Unfortunately, that record only noted her husband, and didn’t mention her parents by name. As more Irish parish records are being digitized, I’m seeing more of the Diamond name in the north of Ireland.


Several nieces and nephews of Marcus and James followed them to America, but with one exception, not until the 1840s, most of them settling in a small town that is about an hour north of New York City, in Ulster County. They were all children of Marcus and James’ brother Thomas (d abt 1832) and Bridget McCloskey. The first to leave, was also a Marcus, who was sent by his mother soon after Thomas’ death when he was about 17, to his uncles Marcus and James in Vermont. Young Marcus was clearly the academic star of his large family, attending a grammar school in Dungiven, something that I learned was rare at that time for a child of a farming family. Once in Vermont, he attended the University of Vermont, then taught for a couple of years in Quebec, before completing his law degree in Vermont, and eventually being appointed a judge. One of Judge Marcus’ sons, Charles Joseph, also became a lawyer and judge, and was then a member of parliament and Canada’s Minister of Justice during the First World War. Judge Marcus had a great grandson who was a member of Canada’s Supreme Court. 

Thomas Dougherty and Bridget McCloskey had at least 13 children. Nine of these migrated to Canada and America. Only one of those returned to Dungiven. Except for Judge Marcus, his siblings and their spouses were tradespeople, farmers, or eventually merchants. Their brother Paul Doherty (1826-1914) stayed in Dungiven, living at Camnish, marrying and having his own large family. 

The existence of the brothers and sisters of my great grandfather still astound me. I discovered three of them in the 1861 Canada census, but then lost them, only to find them thanks to a clue in a probate document filed by Judge Marcus Doherty relating to the estates of his spinster cousins, daughters of his uncle, Rev James Dougherty, the Congregationalist minister. Judge Marcus noted that two of those were living in Cincinnati. Eventually, I discovered five of my great-grandfather’s siblings, all in Cincinnati, starting with the two eldest sons, in the mid 1840s. What took them from Granby (about an hour out of Montreal today) to Ohio at that time? Their brothers and sisters joined them in the 1860s from Granby. I’ve found mention in Cincinnati city directories of the sixth sibling, also a Marcus, and am still tracing his whereabouts. Except for two of the Cincinnati Doughertys, none married, and only one had children. 

Mysteries remain to be solved. I continue to look for Mary Ann Diamond’s own parents and family and the birthplaces and parentage of my third great grandparents, James Dougherty and Isabella McLaughlin. I hope that if I can find this information, it will unlock even more doors in my family history research.  

Dungiven-area families intermarried with Dohertys/Doughertys include Brolly, McLaughlin, McCloskey and McFeely.  

Just in May, I had a tremendous breakthrough, again, thanks to DNA, which led to the discovery of three previously unknown children of Thomas Doherty and Bridget McCloskey, who had settled in Canada: John Doherty (abt 1807-1872), Sarah Doherty (abt 1826-1861) and Elleanor Doherty. To my great delight, John worked and lived in the same neighbourhood of Toronto where I live. The Irish had a strong presence in Toronto in the 19th century. John was married and had his 12 children baptized at a church that is a 15-minute walk from me. The sponsors of some of those baptisms had the name McCloskey. John’s eldest daughter, Mary Sarah, married the son of a Dungiven couple: Edward McFeely and Susanna McCloskey, who were married at St Patrick’s in Dungiven in 1826, just days before my great-great uncle James’ baptism. When I saw the St Patrick’s parish register showing their names just a few lines above the baptism, I chuckled.  

Sarah Doherty arrived in Saint John with her husband, Patrick Joseph McCorkell in about 1848, making their way to Toronto about two years later, joining her brother, John. By 1860, the McCorkells were living about what is a 90-minute drive north of Toronto today, where they farmed. I haven’t found McCorkells in Dungiven records, so far, but it seems to me that this must also be an area family going back generations. 

Sarah and John have many descendants scattered across North America today. I am still researching these new lines. The eldest of their children, Augustine McCorkell (abt 1845-1898) settled in Cincinnati from about 1865. He and his Dougherty cousins must have known each other.  

Did Sarah and John stay in touch with their uncles Marcus and James? Did they stay in touch with their siblings in Quebec and New York? Did they know their cousins in Quebec, New York, Vermont, Ohio and beyond?  

Family history research has led to making friends with several people I call my DNA cousins. The first was a Belfast-born woman now living in England who contacted me when she saw my tree on Ancestry, and provided me so many details to flesh out my until then rather sparse Dougherty family tree. Our genetic relationship was confirmed through DNA. I also have a DNA cousin who lives in Ballymoney. Other Dougherty DNA cousins with whom I’m regularly in touch are in Canada and in America. 

Here’s my ask of anyone reading this article. Can you help me push my research back further? Do you know anything about the Diamond family who probably lived in the Dungiven area from the late 1700s onwards? Do you know anything about James Dougherty and Isabella McLaughlin and their parents? Please contact me. 

In 2016, I began a family history blog that details much more of my genealogy discoveries. You can read my blog I end each new blog post with the words “the never ending story continues….” Because it really does – my research continues. I doubt that it will ever end.  

P.S. In October, I discovered that the daughter of one of my Ulster, New York ancestor cousins, married a man named Diamond. It seems there were a couple of Diamond families in Ulster, New York, starting the 1820s when a James Diamond (born abt 1784 in Londonderry, according to records, settled there. Is he related to my second great grandmother, Mary Ann Diamond? I wonder.
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© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Surnames A-Z: A

A relatively recent Facebook meme has people listing their their mother's maiden name, father's surname, maternal and paternal grandparents' surnames, and sometimes even a few more generations back.

It's a nice idea, but in today's 21st century age of cyber-security and privacy considerations, too much information is a bad thing. Just think how many security questions ask for your mother's maiden name. And let's not even get into having that information on your Facebook wall, especially if you have your settings set to public (instead of friends only). You don't do that, do you? 

Over the coming posts, I'll list my direct ancestors' surnames, starting with "A" and going through to "Y" -- I have no direct or indirect "Z" ancestors. So far. 

A tip of the hat to Lorine McGinnis Schulze who started this meme alternative with her own series over at her excellent genealogy blog. As Lorine points out, most surnames are more common than you think. We may share a surname, but doesn't mean we're related, but if you think we are, please contact me using the email link on the right side of this blog.

So here we go. My "A" surnames:
  • Alexander
  • Andrews
  • Arnold
  • Ashton
  • (de) Audley)
The never ending story continues....


© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Mary Dougherty McElvare of Kingston, New York and more family

Genealogy is constant research and refinement, and yes, correcting. Another random act of genealogical kindness came my way this week, after I contacted someone whose Ancestry tree is private, looking for some information about one of my Kingston, New York Dougherty 1st cousins, 3x removed, Mary Dougherty

Well, this person was a veritable goldmine of accurate information about early Irish immigrants to Rondout, a village later absorbed by Kingston. By early, we're talking the 1840s and before. She took the time to point out that she was believed that I had an error in my Ancestry family tree, and convinced me.

Mary Dougherty, who joined her siblings Michael, Margaret, Bridget and Isabella in Kingston, New York, wasn't married to Andrew O'Reilly, let alone had several children with him, as I had mentioned here in August 2016. When I look back at my research, I'm not even sure why I had made this connection.

Once I started researching Mary anew (for the first time in several years), I quickly saw that, absolutely, she was married at St Patrick's in Dungiven, where so many of my ancestors lived, to Edward McElvare on 29 Sep 1829 -- this is in the Irish Catholic Parish Registers, 1655-1915 in Ancestry's catalogue. Oh my. McElvar, it turns out, is probably mispelled even more than Dougherty. It took some time to connect the dots, but as I did, I had some of those always delightful ahah moments that left me slapping my head.

Kingston Daily Freeman 31 Jan 1933
First, I searched the Kingston Daily Freeman newspaper archive and found  a 31 Jan 1933 death notice for one Catherine McElvare, who was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Dougherty McElvare. Catherine died at a cousin's home, and had another cousin who was a noted local priest. Both those cousins' names I recognized.

Hoping for more clues, I found Catherine's grave marker. But hers is the only McElvare marker I found at St Mary's Cemetery in Kingston.



Next, I found the 1860 census in Kingston using the name McElvar, where I found that Mary and Edward had three children: John, Mary and Kate. But wait, they lived next door to Isabella and Bernard McReynolds, who are also mentioned here. Both Edward McElvare and Bernard McReynolds were listed as clothiers.

1860 US Census, Rondout, New York











According to Kate's 1898 US naturalization documents, which I next found, she arrived from Ireland in 1848, suggesting that the McElvare family arrived then, but I can find no records for the others. Another family link is found in her naturalization petition: the person attesting to the truth of her statements and that he has known her for 38 years, is the husband of another cousin, who is the daughter of Margaret Dougherty McGranahan.

More searching produced the 1850 Roundout census, when I realized that that Mary's son John was then listed as living with her brother, Michael Dougherty and his family. How had a missed that? I haven't found the rest of his family in the 1850 census, but am still looking. I wonder why John was living with his uncle. By the way, Michael was also a clothier. The six year old James listed below grew up to become the priest who presided at Catherine McElvare's funeral mass. It was in the home of James' sister Mary Ann Dougherty Hallahan, where Catherine died. Also living in Michael's 1850 household was his brother, Thomas (1823-1854), who was the only Dougherty who returned to Dungiven, where he died in 1854. Yes, the handwriting in this record is definitely hard to decipher, but again, I connected more dots.

1850 US Census, Kingston











The 1870 census shows the McElvares still living in Rondout Village (the McReynolds appear on the preceding page), but John has taken over the clothing business from his elderly father.

1870 US Census, Rondout, New York



Edward died before 1877, when I find Mary and her daughter Catherine in a Kingston city directory working as dressmakers. Of the daughter Mary I can find no further trace after 1870 right now, nor can I find any record of her mother Mary's death.

At some point after 1877, John and his sister, Catherine, were living in Manhattan, but the next official record I find of them is an 1898 New York City directory entry, where they're living together. John died in 1913, and as you already read above, Catherine in 1933.

All three McElvare children, John, Mary and Catherine, were born in Ireland. never married or had children, so that's the end of that line of potential cousins.

My reminder to self from this experience is that every single detail in genealogy research is important. Always. No O'Reillys here, except for Michael Dougherty's wife.

The never ending story continues....




© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Solving origin mysteries: Robert James Cherry

The genealogy community helps out other genealogists. Often and a lot. The other evening, I received a message from an Irish genealogist who was burning the midnight oil in her time zone researching newspaper archives. As genealogists do, she recognized a name from my family tree (yes, we look at so many other family trees, we remember names), and let me know that she had found his death notice. Robert James Cherry (1849-1884) was the 2nd great grandfather of some of my first cousins, on their mother's side. From censuses, I knew he was born about 1849, but didn't know exactly where in Ireland. I had narrowed his death to around 1885, because his name doesn't appear in Montreal city directories after that time, and no more children were born in his marriage to Catherine Delahunty (1852-1915) after that year. But I had never found any record of his death. My new-found Irish genealogist friend solved that mystery, and as a bonus, we now know where in Ireland Robert was born: Lurgan, County Armagh.

Montreal Witness 7 Jan 1885
Dead at just 35 from heart disease, leaving behind a pregnant wife and five children. Robert and Catherine married at St Stephen's Anglican Church in Montreal on 6 May 1873. He had arrived in Quebec City on 11 Apr 1871 on the SS Andrew at the age of 22. I found the Andrew's passenger list indicates that he was travelling without any other family. The Andrew's ports of departure were Dublin, Glasgow, Kingstown and Londonderry. Catherine Delahunty arrived in Quebec City from England in July 1866 on the SS Hibernian, also travelling without family, but aged just 14 and described as a spinster (!).

Robert was a blacksmith by trade. I wonder if his earnings were enough to support a family of seven. They lived in St Ann's Ward, just southwest of Montreal's downtown core, an area known as a working class Irish neighbourhood. There were several other Cherry families in the area, but my cousins tell me they're no relation, as far as they know.

After Robert died in 1884, Catherine's home became a boarding house. She did remarry in May 1893 to a widower who was one of her boarding house residents, but her second husband, a plumber, died in September 1894, leaving her with an infant son, the youngest of the seven children she raised alone. I think that her second husband was in a business partnership with one of her sons, as I see a city directory listing as such.

And the Montreal Witness? As BaNQ, Quebec's fantastic national library and archives, describes it, "This Montreal daily was marked by the personality of its founder, John Dougall, convinced that the Anglo-Saxon peoples are invested with a divine mission". Oh my. Wasn't John Dougall a character! He was also anti-Catholic. Robert identified as Church of England, which explains why he and Catherine married in an Anglican church.

Catherine reports herself as Roman Catholic in censuses and all of her children (six sons and one daughter from the two marriages) were baptized Catholic.
Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal
I've never found a burial record for Robert, which suggests that he may have been in an unmarked pauper's grave. But I did find a record of Catherine's burial, and a photo of that marker.

At least two of her sons inherited the heart disease that claimed their father. One died at the age of 31, while another died at 60.

There were several other Cherry families in Montreal in the late 19th century. It's not clear if any of those families were related to Robert James Cherry. Certainly, none of his children's baptismal godparents carried the Cherry name.

More research about Robert's origins in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland will definitely happen.

Robert and Catherine are the grandparents of my aunt Hilda Cherry (1911-1996), who married my uncle Marcus Dougherty (1910-1962).

Random acts of genealogical kindness are gifts that are always welcome and keep on giving. Here's to you, Maria in Dublin!

The never ending story continues....


© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Baby boom! Generations keep expanding.

In just nine short weeks this Fall, the number of sixth generation descendants of Marcus Dougherty and Mary Ann Diamond grew by four, to now number at least 43. The newest Doughertys are all Canadian, and were born, in no particular order, in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

Marcus and Mary Ann are their 3rd great grandparents. Their 4th great grandparents are James Dougherty and Isabella McLaughlin on the Dougherty side. I'm still unable to identify Mary Ann Diamond's parents. But hope always springs eternal, especially in genealogy research, where no stone is ever left unturned.

If you're a descendant of Marcus and Mary Ann and have offspring of your own that I don't know about, I'd love to add them to our Dougherty genealogy pool. Just click on that email link you see to the right of this post.

The never ending story continues....


© Margaret Dougherty 2016-2017 All rights reserved